I highly recommend this Excellent series of articles on Adoption and Sanctification, written by some of the finest scholars and pastors I know. – Mike
February 28, 2018
The issue of the Founders Journal gives exposition of two biblical doctrines discussed in the twelfth and thirteenth chapters of the Second London Confession, adoption and sanctification. The adoption of sinners as sons of God with a view to transforming them into the image of His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, constitutes one of the most unfathomable blessings of grace. It is a gleaming two-edged sword in the arsenal of God’s weaponry to subdue rebel creatures to constitute them loving sons.
One edge of the sword kills, and the other makes alive. One edge divides the indivisible and lays us bare before the eyes of Him with whom we must contend both now and in eternity. The other opens blind eyes and dead affections to see and love and trust the Son of God in our nature, tempted in all points as we but never with the effect of sin. In His ascension to the throne of God as our advocate, intercessor, righteous propitiation, and brother we are bidden to draw near with confidence to receive mercy. Not only forgiven and justified, we are granted the privileges of sons of God. Grace, unmerited, unfrustrable, freely sets out gifts to be enjoyed and operates internally that we might see how inexhaustibly pleasurable such gifts are.
Contrary to our merits but fully consistent with Christ’s, we are changed from rebellious aliens and strangers into loving, adoring subjects and sons. He adopts us! We have received a “spirit of adoption whereby we cry ‘Abba! Father!’” while the “Spirit Himself testifies along with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:15, 16). All the privileges of sonship and family dignity and likeness become ours. We have an inheritance “incorruptible, undefiled, that does not fade away, reserved in heaven” for us (1 Peter 1:4). We also have an anticipation for the beauty of its glory that makes us sing sincerely, “Fade, fade each earthly joy.”
Continued at Source: Introduction: From Profane Strangers to Holy Sons